24 Nov Fuji at Chester Zoo: World’s third-ranking animal kingdom

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Chester Zoo has always meant a lot to me ever since I was taken there as a child by my parents in the late 1940s and 1950s. It seemed very big and wonderful then and I remember my mother’s warm approval of how much space each animal was given in comparison to cramped conditions in other zoos.

George Mottershead and his family opened the gates of Chester Zoo for the first time in 1931 and this was the realisation of his long-held dream of a “zoo without bars.”  Passionately interested in animals since his childhood, Mottershead had been wounded in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. After three years in a wheelchair, he slowly recovered his ability to walk and started collecting birds and animals. Eventually he was able to purchase Oakfield Manor with nine acres in Upton by Chester and obtained permission to open a zoo…

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